VL 300.2 Wage and Hour Violations

Click on the case numbers below to access eligibility decisions that are based upon the employer’s alleged violation of a state wage and hour law.

0014 5343 84

0014 5343 84 (June 29, 2015) — A unilateral reduction in claimant’s weekly draw against commission by more than half or the fact that the employer may have violated a state wage and hour law does not relieve the claimant of the obligation to make adequate and reasonable attempts to preserve his job or to show that such efforts would have been futile. [Note:  The Appeals Court affirmed the Board of Review’s decision.]

BR-118094

BR-118094 (Jul. 29, 2011) — Claimant did not have good cause to quit his job at a bus company over his employer’s intent to set off his wages to pay for the claimant’s accrued unpaid municipal parking tickets.  These set-offs were permissible under G.L. c. 149, § 148, as most recently construed by the Supreme Judicial Court in Camara v. Attorney General, 458 Mass. 756 (2011).  [Note: The District Court affirmed the Board of Review’s decision.]

BR-116407-A

BR-116407-A (May 20, 2011) — An employer's violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act constitutes good cause for a claimant to quit under G.L. c. 151A, § 25(e)(1).  Claimant who quit because his employer would not pay him for the time to take an employer-mandated drug test was entitled to benefits.

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